Conservatives pen anti-Trump manifesto

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Conservative authors are banding together to publish a manifesto Friday denouncing the ideas of Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpReport: German gov't thinks Trump would wreck US economy Financial group apologizes for Giuliani's 'unscripted' event speech: report Gingrich: 'No excuse ever' for 3 a.m. tweeting MORE.

Leading conservatives including Erick Erickson, William Kristol and Yuval Levin have written essays for a special issue of National Review to be published Friday, The New York Times reports.

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“Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot on behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as The Donald himself,” reads an editorial accompanying the essays in the issue, according to the newspaper.
The issue will include essays from 22 prominent conservative voices, according to CNN
 
Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative magazine who reached out to authors for the issue, has publicly sparred with Trump, including back in September when he suggested Republican presidential rival Carly Fiorina rhetorically castrated the outspoken businessman in a debate.
 
Trump called Lowry a "loser."
 
The manifesto comes as Republicans search for a counterweight to Trump, with Ted Cruz his nearest rival in polls ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.